Participants

Jan Bouthillier

Canada

University of Quebec in Rimouski
B.Sc. in Biology

Research Interest
Conservation, Ecotoxicology, Sustainable development, Human/Wildlife interaction

MAC Assignment
Delegate of Sweden in Protection of Arctic Marine Environment: Managing maritime traffic for marine resource development (PAME Theme II)

Personal
I am very interested in the relationship between Wildlife and Humans. We have to share resources so it is essential for us to better understand all the interactions between us. We have to make sure we can develop sustainable, safe and profitable exploitation for all parties. I believe that we, the next generation, are going to be able to see the need for understanding our environment better before exploring blindly. The Arctic plays a central role in the World's ecosystems and that is one of the reasons why I am focusing my studies around it. Also because it is a singular, complex and beautiful place.

Alexandra Buylova

Russia

Oregon State University
School of Public Policy
Environmental and Rural Policy

MAC Assignment
Representative of Gwich'in Council International (GCI)

Research Interest
My research interests include looking at how rural communities in the Arctic adapt to changes in climate. That involves policy adaptation, resilience, and local communities' perception of policy role and policy change. I am also interested in looking at the relationships between local and central governments in regards to policy formation and control.

Robert Comeau

Canada

Carleton University
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Department of History and Canadian Studies

Research Interest
Arctic History is my research interest

MAC Assignment
ICC delegated to the Cruise Ship Tourism WG for PAME

Personal
I am a young Inuk from Iqaluit, Nunavut studying at Carleton University. I am currently studying History, Canadian Studies, and Political Science in order to gain a greater appreciation for the society in which he lives. I hope to empower young Inuit and other youth in the Arctic to take control of their own realities and ensure they are properly represented at all levels of governance. I am passionate about advocating for the recognition and respect of Indigenous rights and ways of knowing. I hope to be able to share my story as well as the stories of my people.
 

Shailyn Drukis

Canada

Wilfrid Laurier University
Environmental Studies

Research Interest
Effectiveness of cumulative effects assessment on wildlife in the southwest Yukon.

MAC Assignment
IUCN (Observer) to the SDWG - WASH project

Personal
Shailyn is passionate about intergenerational conservation policy, and is one of the founders and Steering Committee members of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network. Shailyn has participated in various academic conferences and international meetings, including UN CBD COPSs, the Arctic Biodiversity Congress, and the recent World Parks Congress. Shailyn is also a youth member on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Committee for IUCN and is an active member of the IUCN Connectivity and Mountains Working Group. Shailyn holds leadership roles within a variety of initiatives that aim to connect Canadians to nature, including GOT Parks, the Natural Leaders Alliance of Canada, the Environmental Education Association of the Yukon, Starfish Canada, and as a co-chair of two working groups within the WCPA Young Professionals Group.

Justin Fisch

Canada

McGill University
Department of Law

Research Interest
Arctic governance, indigenous issues, environmental politics

MAC assignment
Gwich'in delegate to PAME 

Personal
Justin graduated from the McGill University Faculty of Law with dual degrees in common and civil law (B.C.L./LL.B.) in 2016, having previously earned a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude from the University of Florida in Geography, Sustainability Studies, and Political Science. His initial interests piqued as an editor to the McGill International Journal of Sustainable Development Law & Policy, when the latest published a special issue in Arctic law. He later traveled to Nunavik, Nunatsiavut, and Greenland aboard Students on Ice Expeditions. His current northern project is filming the documentary Hello Ukkusiksalik in Nunavut's Kivalliq region.

Glenn Gambrell

United States

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Arctic and Northern Studies — Arctic Policy
School of Management - Homeland Security and Emergency Management -- Masters in Security and Disaster Management

Research Interest
Disaster management response differences between the North West Passage and the Northern Sea Route

MAC Assignment
Norwegian Delegate to PAME — Project Cruise Ship Tourism

Personal
As a retired Lieutenant Colonel with 30 years of service in the United States Army, with a strong background in National Security and Emergency Response issues, I wanted to shift my focus to my home state and the issues that effect Alaska and the Arctic.  After enrolling in the ANORS graduate program, I turned my focus to Arctic Policy due to the lack of a National Policy for the United States in the arctic.  While attending MAC 2016 and talking to my student peers, I decided to focus my research studies on Disaster Management response in the Arctic.  Because of that focus, I am also enrolled in a Disaster Management Masters at UAF.  In the future I hope to either be working on my PhD or either teaching at the college level, and advising local, state and the federal government on the Arctic, and helping them to develop policy for the Arctic.

Carolyn Gibson

Canada

University of Alberta
Department of Renewable Resources

MAC Assignment
Senior Arctic Official, Canada

Personal
Throughout the four years of my undergraduate degree I was actively involved in northern research and am now pursing my Masters of Forest Ecology studying the impacts of wildfire on permafrost stability and carbon cycling.  I am particularly interested in northern ecosystem ecology because these systems are very complex and are undergoing rapid change in the face of climate warming. This rapid change affects not only Northern ecosystems but also the people who call the North their home and rely on services derived from these precious ecosystems. I am interested in understanding the interaction between people and their changing environments.  

Mariana Hill Cruz

Mexico

The University of Western Australia
Bachelor of Sciences with major in Marine Sciences

Research interest
Climate change, physical oceanography and marine megafauna

MAC Assignment
Senior Arctic Official from Sweden

Personal
I like wildlife and natural landscapes. I practise horseback riding and other outdoors activities and I perform music and some visual arts. My formation as a marine scientist is the result of both love for wildlife and a deep appreciation for exact sciences. My participation at the Model Arctic Council comes from the belief that decision making must be leaded by science and respect to the environment, conviction that shall shape my professional career, and an ever increasing need for going out and getting lost in the world. This time, in addition to learning about policy and the Arctic, I had the invaluable opportunity to see the Aurora Borealis, to jump in the snow and to make new friends.

Sydney Kamen

United States

Dartmouth College
Geography Major

MAC Assignement
SDWG Rising Sun

Personal
I am a passionate student of global health and international development, with a specific interest and concentration in circumpolar health.

Rhiannon Klein

Canada

University of Saskatchewan
Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Research Interest
Modern treaty implementation; Aboriginal policy and governance; northern governance; Aboriginal economic development; intergovernmental affairs
MAC Assignment
Canadian delegate to the SDWG- WASH and RISING-SUN; Canadian Minister

Personal
I am a PhD Candidate in Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan. My research is focused on the transition from negotiation to implementation of Modern Land Claims Agreements in northern Canada, with a specific focus on the Yukon. I am also working as a Research Assistant on the “Building Northern Capacity through Entrepreneurship” project that is looking at ways entrepreneurship contributes to social well-being and economic capacity building in northern Saskatchewan. Prior to starting grad school, I lived in the Yukon where I worked in the field of northern research through positions with Statistics Canada, Yukon Bureau of Statistics and Yukon Research Centre (YRC). In my my recent project at YRC, I was a researcher for the Cambridge Bay Energy and Emissions Inventory; a community-based research project focused on inventorying energy and greenhouse gas emissions in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. I feel very honoured to have had the opportunity to participate in MAC. The experience has broadened my understanding of Arctic policy issues, and has increased my interest in learning more about the circumpolar regions.

Nadine Kochuten

United States

University of Alaska Anchorage
College of Business Administration and Public Policy
Bachelor of Business Administration Management

Research Interest
Alaska Native Business Management, Fisheries, Subsistence, Arctic Issues

MAC Assignment
PAME- Sustainable Cruise Ship Tourism

Personal
Hello Friends! I’m Nadine Kochuten and I’m originally from False Pass, Alaska. I grew up commercial fishing and subsisting with my Family in the Aleutians (Gateway to the Arctic) before moving to Anchorage to attend college. I graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2014 with my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Management. I am studying Fisheries Management at the University of Alaska Sitka and I have a strong interest in Alaska Native Business Management, Fisheries, Subsistence and Arctic issues. I love to travel and learn and I’m currently figuring out which graduate program I will apply to and also exploring new career opportunities.    
 

Jeff Kormos

Canada

University of Northern British Columbia
MA Student, Political Science

Research Interest
Political Autonomy for Russian Yupiit

MAC Assignment
Greenland delegate to SDWG WASH project

Personal
I grew up in Whitehorse, Yukon knowing how special it was to live in the North. After high school, I left the territory to pursue employment opportunities in British Columbia and Alberta. My participation in the Arctic Winter Games in Yellowknife in 1990 introduced me to indigenous peoples from both Greenland and Russia, sparking my curiousity of things Russian, and how language and cultural barriers can be overcome by sharing our mutual interests. During my undergraduate degree I spent two semesters at NEFU in Yakutsk, RF, cementing my interests in things Russian and contributing to the development of my Master’s thesis.

Margarita Krivoshapkina (Ree)

Russia

North-Eastern Federal University, Yakutsk
Foreign Philology and Regional Studies

Research Interest
Asian languages; Arctic science
 

MAC Assignment
SDWG WASH

Personal
I am an Evenk (indigenous people of Russia) and lived in Tiksi for 17 years. Tiksi is situated on the north-eastern part of Russia, near Laptev Sea (Polar Circle). I think it's why i'm interested in Arctic, because i really want to "upgrade" my hometown. I want the people there to live better than ever. My grandfather was a dog-team driver and was on the expedition with Toll, they explored the north from Arkhangelsk to Yakutsk by sea on the schooner. I'm proud of my grandfather and i'm proud to be Evenk, because I know i must keep the history, the culture, traditions, language. Arctic is in my veins, i think. And i want to explore the north like my grandpa. 

Arnajaaq Lynge

Kalaallit Nunaat/Greenland

Ilisimatusarfik/The University of Greenland
Master degree student in Social Science

Háskólinn á Akureyri/The University of Akureyri, Iceland
Master degree student in MA Polar Law


Research Interest
West Nordic Studies

MAC Assignment
Protection of the Arctic Maritime Environment, PAME
Theme II:  Managing Maritime Traffic for Marine Ressource Development

Personal
I am an educated teacher, bachelor in Culture and Social History (the study focus is the Arctic, mainly Greenland), former Master degree student in the same field. Now a Master degree guest student in Polar Law in Akureyri, Iceland.
I live in Nuuk with my family.
My academical interest are Greenlandic regional subcultures, reindeer hunters in West Greenland, human/indigenous/children rights, Arctic clothing, the governance of Greenland and anthropological research.
My personal interests are acrylic painting, photografing, travelling, exhibition projects, poetry/poetry readings, publishing books or articles (Nattoralik Marloralik, my poetry collection book), and movies. 

Maksim Marchenkov

Russia

Northern (Arctic) Federal University
Bachelor in International Relations
International Relations in the Arctic

 

Research Interest
The range of my research interests includes international cooperation in the Arctic, Russian-American relations, and local self-governance and sustainable development of indigenous and other northern communities in the context of globalization.

MAC Assignment
RAIPON delegate to SDWG; Russia’s Minister

Personal
Being born in Arkhangelsk, Northwest Russia, my life is inseparable from the Arctic. So I also count on the role of public diplomacy in improving the climate of international relations of the region. The Artic is now changing not only in climate but also in its societies’ development. Thus the Arctic states ought to enhance their cooperation in the regional integration processes to improve conditions of living for the people inhabiting the Arctic.

Val Muzik

Canada/USA

York University, BA Hons. 2016
McMaster University, (MA 2017)
Political Science/International Relations

Research Interest
Climate change, security studies, the Arctic

MAC Assignment
Iceland delegate to SDWG RISING-SUN

Personal
After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BA in political science, Val will focus her MA research on human, environmental, and national security in the context of climate change in the Arctic. Due to her longstanding interests in language, meaning creation, and their relationships with the physical world, her work examines how we understand and think about climate change in the Arctic and how this affects policy decisions. In addition to being recognized for her performance at MAC 2016 and for her academic achievements, Val has also recently presented her research on Canadian Arctic policy and is currently editor-in-chief of HPS, an academic journal of undergraduate research. An accomplished traveller, she looks forward to working more in the Arctic.

Angela Nuliayok Rudolph

Canada

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Arctic and Northern Studies

MAC Assignment
Inuit Circumpolar Council to PAME
Theme: Marine Shipping for Resource Development

Personal
I am an Inuk (singular for the plural Inuit) from Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, which is the heart of the Northwest Passage. As a result, I have an interest in the Northwest Passage and the discussion of it as a potential shipping route for resource development. I have worked as a high school Social Studies and Aulajaaqtut teacher in Nunavut. But now I am a graduate student in the Arctic and Northern Studies department at UAF with a concentration in Arctic Policy. I am also a 2015-2017 Cohort Fellow of the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship with the Gordon Foundation that focuses on Arctic Policy.

Valeriya Ruzakova

Russia

Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO)
International Institute of Energy Policy and Diplomacy
Faculty of International Relations

Research Interest
Nordic countries (Denmark in particular), international relations in the Arctic region, international ecology law.

Personal
President of Arctic Student Research Club of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO Arctic Club)
Participant at the International Youth Forum “Expedition Arctic” (hold by Russian Agency for Youth Affairs in February 2015)
Russian Secretary in the international youth Working Group for establishmentof the Arctic Youth Council (the Group was set up at the International Youth Forum “Expedition Arctic”)
Participant at the international youth Arctic Council seminar “Future Arctic Leaders” (hold in Ottawa, Canada in April 2015)
Director of the Secretariat of the First MGIMO Student Model Arctic Council (April, 7th – 8th 2015)
Panelist speaker at Arctic Energy Summit, section “Sustainable Development and Regional Energy Planning” (Alaska, Fairabanks -2015)
Director of the Secretariat of the Moscow Youth International Model Arctic Council (MAC-2016) (February 17-19, 2016)

Pavel Ryzhov

Russia

Northern (Arctic) Federal University
Foreign Regional Studies
European Research: Arctic focus

Research Interest
Arctic politics, international relations in the Arctic, Arctic diplomacy

MAC Assignment
Norway SAO, PAME
Cruise Ship Tourism

Personal
Participated in the Winter School Model Arctic Council, Arkhangelsk, 2014, graduated with the honors the Bachelor program in the Regional Studies: countries of the Northern Europe, 2014
Took part in the exchange Program: “Fellowship for Studies in the High North” and applied for 3 courses in the Arctic University of Norway, Tromso, Spring semester 2015
Won the National Students’ Olympiad on specialty "Regional Studies", city of Saransk, Republic of Mordovia, 2015
Graduated the Bachelor’s in Circumpolar Studies (University of Nordland, Norway), 2016
Currently finishing the Master Program in European Research, arctic focus (2 year)

Sean O'Rourke

Canada

Mount Saint Vincent University
Faculty of Education

Research Interest
Child psychology, culturally relevant education, identity formation and psychological development, identity and mental health

MAC Assignment
Aleut International Association SDWG RISING-SUN Project

Personal
I attended Model Arctic Council to gain a better understanding of the complex social, cultural, political, and environmental landscape that comprises the Arctic. In the summer of 2015, I attended an archaeology field school in western Alaska. People I met in the nearby village told me about how the excavation is having a substantial positive impact on the community, especially youth. For my thesis research, I am returning to this community to learn about the elders’ and parents’ thoughts on the psychological outcomes of local youth interaction with a unique ensemble of culturally relevant education programs that have blossomed from the dig. I would love to stay in touch or continue working with any of the friends I made at MAC. 
 

Taylor Peace

United States

United States Coast Guard Academy
Marine and Environmental Sciences 

Research Interest
Marine Biology and Oceanography  

MAC Assignment
US Delegate to PAME for Sustainable Cruise Ship tourism

Personal
My interest in the Arctic stems from my love of all things snow. I grew up in Calgary AB; and loved to ski. By chance I heard about the US Coast Guard Academy and their involvement of the Coast Guard with both poles, during college applications. The last four years I have worked to serve on an icebreaker (I will be serving on the USCGC HEALY after graduation). Since studying here, I have grown to appreciate the role of science informed policy in the rapidly changing Arctic. In my future I hope to be involved with the Arctic from either the response side or the policy and science side. 

Brandon Ray

United States

University of Washington
Atmospheric Science

Research Interest
Arctic sea ice predictability at seasonal to interannual timescales, with the goal of allowing stakeholders to better understand the limitations of seasonal forecasts

MAC Assignment
U.S. delegate to PAME working group (Managing Marine Traffic project)

Personal
Brandon Ray is currently a research assistant in University of Washington's (UW) Department of Atmospheric Science.  Brandon was a member of the inaugural Arctic Research Fellows program at UW, where he examined how the climate change narratives of scientific, political, and indigenous communities have evolved and influenced each other in the Arctic.  A naval officer of ten years, Brandon is also interested in how climate change has been incorporated into national security strategies, focusing specifically on the Arctic.  He will be starting graduate programs in International Studies and Marine and Environmental Affairs in the fall at UW.

Victoria Sutherland

United States

United States Coast Guard Academy
Marine and Environmental Sciences

MAC Assignment
Cruise ship tourism: UNEP representative
to PAME/US Minister

Personal
My name is Victoria Sutherland and I am a senior at the US Coast Guard Academy. Upon Graduation and Commissioning, I will serve as a deck watch officer on the BERNARD C. WEBBER in the Coast Guard. My interests in the Arctic stem from my studies as a Marine and Environmental Science major. Attending lectures and reading for my classes has made me aware of the fact that the Coast Guard’s presence is growing in the Arctic. By attending the MAC, I was able to meet students from many different countries with the same passion on Arctic Studies.

Alison Thieffry

Belgium

Laval University
Master degree in Political Geography, Department of Geography

Research Interest
UE Arctic Policy, Arctic Governance, Geopolitics of the Arctic

MAC Assignment
Finnish Delegate to PAME. Theme: Marine Shipping for Resource Development

Personal
After earning a bachelor degree in Political Sciences at Saint-Louis University in Brussels, I pursued my academic journey in Québec, where I graduated with a master degree in Political Geography. This focus allowed me to add an environmental dimension to my political knowledge. My interest for the circumpolar world grew stronger as I specialized in the geopolitics of the Arctic.  In the course of my research, I had the chance to travel to Nunavik (Northern Québec), as part of a course on northern environments and their transformation in response to climate and human impact. This experience enabled me to interact directly with northern communities and to familiarize with the Arctic realities in a concrete manner. I also had the opportunity to participate in various seminars and conferences, both national and international, which offered me a thorough understanding of international issues surrounding the Arctic Ocean. With these issues in mind, I'm always mindful of the interaction between humans and their environment.

Eva Wu

Canada

McGill University
Ecological Determinants of Health with Finance
Bachelor of Science

Advisory Committee on Protection of the Sea, Minister of the Kingdom of Denmark

MAC Assignment
PAME Working Group, Cruise Ship Tourism

Personal
Having been able to travel from pole to pole, I fell in love with these icy regions and the people who live there. My colleagues and I created a project called North in Focus (formerly Art with Heart) that teaches young people about mental health and photography to provide them with methods of expression and coping mechanisms when other resources are not available. We aim to give them a voice and allow them to take on leadership roles when it comes to supporting the community and showing the world their viewpoints on climate change and mental health crises in the north. 

Nicole Wong Tomchuk

Canada

University of Akureyri, Iceland
Polar Law LL.M. Candidate

MAC Assignment
Iceland SAO

Personal
Nicole is a student in the Polar Law program at the University of Akureyri, where her studies have included courses on circumpolar geopolitics, international perspectives on indigenous customary laws, and economic development in the Arctic. Her forthcoming thesis will examine the extent to which indigenous arts can be managed for intergenerational benefit through the application of wills and estates planning in Northern Canada. Nicole is also completing her articles of clerkship at Devlin Gailus Westaway, an aboriginal law firm with a northern practice located in Ottawa, Ontario. She will be called to the Bar of Ontario in June 2016.
 

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